Tuesday, 5 February 2019

Human in exile

"When I arrived at Christmas Island six years ago, an immigration official called me into the office and told me that they were going to exile me to Manus Island, a place in the middle of the Pacific Ocean. I told them that I am a writer. That same person just laughed at me, and ordered the guards to exile me to Manus."...

Read Behrouz Boochani's literary prize acceptance speech – full transcript.

Victorian premier’s literary awards 2019: Behrouz Boochani, an asylum seeker detained on Manus Island, has won the Victorian prize for literature
Behrouz Boochani, an asylum seeker detained on Manus Island, has won the Victorian prize for literature Photograph: Jonas Gratzer/The Guardian

"The winner of Australia’s richest literary prize did not attend the ceremony.
His absence was not by choice.
Behrouz Boochani, whose debut book won both the $25,000 non-fiction prize at the Victorian premier’s literary awards and the $100,000 Victorian prize for literature on Thursday night, is not allowed into Australia.
The Kurdish Iranian writer is an asylum seeker who has been kept in purgatory on Manus Island in Papua New Guinea for almost six years, first behind the wire of the Australian offshore detention centre, and then in alternative accommodation on the island.
Now his book No Friend But the Mountains – composed one text message at a time from within the detention centre – has been recognised by a government from the same country that denied him access and locked him up."
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Monday, 4 February 2019

Wednesday, 30 January 2019

Friday, 18 January 2019

Classic already-2

From the acclaimed series Classic Already, enjoy the new chapter featuring the unrivalled master of words, the Right Honourable John Bercow MP:

Tuesday, 1 January 2019

Sunday, 23 December 2018

Monday, 17 December 2018

A better option ...

... adoption!

There are many shelters around, but you can try these:

Remember, this Xmas:

Monday, 19 November 2018

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

On the Wild Side

Holly came from Miami F.L.A.
Hitch-hiked her way across the U.S.A.
Plucked her eyebrows on the way
Shaved her legs and then he was a she
She said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side,
Said, hey honey, take a walk on the wild side.
Candy came from out on the island,
In the backroom she was everybody's darling,
But she never lost her head
Even when she was giving head
She sayes, hey baby, take a walk on the wild side
Said, hey babe, take a walk on the wild side
And the colored girls go,
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo doo


                     Lou Reed.


Saturday, 27 October 2018


Monday, 1 October 2018

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Best best buddies

Mike and Boo:

And Bert & Ernie:

Friday, 31 August 2018



Monday, 2 July 2018

Plastic world

Read aobut it here.

More about this here.

Monday, 7 May 2018

The invisible skin

See you there.

Sunday, 29 April 2018

Monday, 16 April 2018


"The evidence of our power is everywhere: we have not simply conquered nature but have also begun to defeat humanity’s own worst enemies. War is increasingly obsolete; famine is rare; disease is on the retreat around the world. We have achieved these triumphs by building ever more complex networks that treat human beings as units of information. Evolutionary science teaches us that, in one sense, we are nothing but data-processing machines: we too are algorithms. By manipulating the data we can exercise mastery over our fate."
Read more.

2001: A Space Oddyssey, Stanley Kubrick

Saturday, 14 April 2018


Photo: E.G.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Classic already.

That is English. Indeed.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Holiday tip

Currently watching this and enjoying it.
More details here.

Thursday, 22 March 2018


See you there!

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

World Sparrow Day

Today is World Sparrow Day!

"The diminutive house sparrow (Passer domesticus) is perhaps one of the earliest birds you can remember from your childhood. Their nests dotted almost every house in the neighbourhood as well as public places like bus bays and railway stations, where they lived in colonies and survived on food grains and tiny worms. Many bird watchers and ornithologists recall with fondness how the house sparrow gave flight to their passion for observing birds."

  Sparrows are everywhere, but there are many different species of them, as you can see here.

"Unfortunately, the house sparrow is now a disappearing species. But like all other plants and animals which were once abundant and are now facing an uncertain future, their numbers are also declining across their natural range. The reasons?" Read more here.

Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Obituary: Stephen Hawking

"There is no heaven or afterlife for broken-down computers; that is a fairy story for people afraid of the dark." Stephen Hawking.

Read more here.


Tuesday, 13 March 2018

Saving the albatross

‘They are loving, sensitive and graceful,’. Photo: Chris Jordan

"Jordan is fascinated with these majestic birds. With no natural predators on Midway, Laysan albatrosses show no fear of humans, so his footage provides an authentic bird’s-eye view: “Albatrosses are so mysterious because they haven’t been on our radar. They live in places humans just don’t go – yet when we look closely, they are unbelievably magnificent,” he says."

Photograph: Chris Jordan

... "Chris Jordan believes the focus should be on forcing people to have a stronger emotional engagement with the problems plastic causes. His famous photographs of dead albatross chicks and the colourful plastic they have ingested serve as a blunt reminder that the planet is in a state of emergency."

Photograph: Chris Jordan

"“They are loving, sensitive and graceful – when you look at any creature this closely, it becomes amazing,” says Jordan, who believes we would fall in love with any animal if we only stopped to look at them with a similar childlike sense of awe."

 Read the full article here.